There are only 14 stops so it won't take you long and I guarantee, it will be well worth your ride. If you want to see some great artwork and be inspired by fabulous birthday ideas for all ages, hop on the bus, put up your feet and enjoy the ride. It promises to be a great tour! If you're already on the tour, you probably arrived here from the blog of my friend and the super-talented, Patty Bennett. Patty always has something surprising and amazing to share!
I created this dynamic duo with circle punchies, lots of them, using the 3/4", 1" and 1 1/4" Circle Punches. I just went to town punching out circles from Real Red, Certainly Celery, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie cardstock scraps (it's a great way to use scraps). I then just attached them randomly to Basic Black cardstock with a bit of SNAIL adhesive.
I used the Big Shot and the Square Lattice Impressions Folder to do the Embedded Embossing Technique (okay, I know I've used this technique a lot lately but I"m am truly in love with the look it creates).
The stamp set (what little stamping I did on this project) is Bring on the Cake from the Occasions Mini Catalog. Other supplies used include Sticky Strip Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals and a sparkly Glitter Brad.
I also used the Word Window Punch on the inside of the Gift Card Holder to punch the opening for the all-important Gift Card (oh yeah, what would a birthday be without a Gift Card). As you can see, I added more polka dots on the inside of the Gift Card Holder as well as a Whisper White layer to allow for a personalized and hand-written message.
I know you're going to ask (LOL) so I'll tell you now, the Gift Card Holder was created using a base of Real Red Cardstock cut at 5.5 x 11". You score at 4.25, 8.5 and 10", folding on each of the Score Lines. I "lined" the inside of the Gift Card opening (created with the Word Window Punch) with a small scrap of Daffodil Delight cardstock so you get that little "pop" of color and contrast. The entire "flap" of the Gift Card Holder is secured down using Sticky Strip adhesive but be sure and don't apply adhesive to the inside of the slot where the Gift Card Holder goes (I say that from experience -- LOL -- as that is exactly what I did on my first go-around with this Gift Card Holder). Other than that little detour, this was an incredibly easy, fun and fast Gift Card Holder to create. Click HERE for a downloadable PDF template for the Gift Card Holder.
The crowning glory on both the gift box and the gift card holder are 3" strips of Pumpkin Pie Cardstock with multi-colored jumbo scallops created with the 1" circle punch and topped off with a colorful bow created from 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon. How cute is this! For the box, I used a different color of ribbon on each of the 4 sides. Click HERE for a downloadable PDF template for the Birthday Box.
I love the way this set turned out. It's very festive looking and yet not so juvenile that it would work for any age or even gender for that matter. It's just plain fun! And isn't that what a birthday should be all about?
Well, that will be it for now. I do hope you enjoy the tour. I know you will get TONS of fabulous ideas from my Control Freak Friends. Just click on the button below to go to the next stop, the website of the fabulous Dawn Olchefske.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy the tour and Happy Stamping! And please, come back again soon!